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Native American Choctaw Food Recipes

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Herbs, Spices and Old Recipes

I grew up eating family recipes that were and are considered Choctaw Recipes. I did not know that they were considered Native American food until much later in life they were just what we ate. Our foods used a lot of herbs and spices along with vegetables from the garden and meat from animals we raised.

I also did not hear about the antibiotics, growth hormones, genetic engineering of plants and all the other things they have done to our food now.

I wrote this lenses for people who want to try something different and want to eat some plain old healthy food that taste good. So I share with you family recipes that are considered Choctaw food. Enjoy

I grew up eating family recipes that were and are considered Choctaw Recipes. I did not know that they were considered Native American food until much later in life they were just what we ate. Our foods used a lot of herbs and spices along with vegetables from the garden and meat from animals we raised.

I also did not hear about the antibiotics, growth hormones, genetic engineering of plants and all the other things they have done to our food now.

I wrote this lens for people who want to try something different and want to eat some plain old healthy food that taste good. So I share with you family recipes that are considered Choctaw food. Enjoy!

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What was food for

In our family cooking was not a gender specific role. Men and women shared in the cooking. In our home, I am the one that does most of the cooking because I enjoy it and it frees my wife up to do other things.

At an early age, I learned that food is not just something to fill your belly. That is what keeps us alive and healthy. We also learned that food should be enjoyed and that it was the person doing the cooking's role to see what health issue there were in the family and cook to help with the problem. For

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instance did someone have a cold, headache, high blood pressure or other issues? If they did it was up to the person cooking to use appropriate herbs to season the food to help with health problems.

So not only did the vegetables, fruits, grains, meats but the seasonings also played a big part in our over all health.

Herbs and Spices

Indian Fry Bread

Indian Fry Bread

The Old Fashion Fry Bread

This is not a Choctaw Recipe there were a lot of different Nations (tribes) that made, make and eat frybread. It is the one that I get asked about the most. It is very similar and made basically the same way is a Sopapilla from Mexico. There is nothing like an Indian Taco on a good piece of frybread. Here is an easy recipe to make frybread.

Indian Fry Bread

2 cups of flour

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3 (Tsp). Baking powder

1 (Tsp) Salt

1 cup of milk Many times I have used 1/2 cup of canned milk and 1/2 cup of water. You can use powered milk or straight canned milk. I have also used Soy milk, Almond milk, goat milk and a few others. Just realize some milks may change the flavor. If you have none of the above, it can be made with just water, which is more like the original recipe

Put the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowel and stir with a fork.

Add the milk or water and mix it until it makes a stiff dough. Keep adding flower or water to the mix until you can handle the dough without it sticking to your hands.

Take a ball of the dough about the size of a lemon or small apple and place it on a well-floured board or counter top.

Pat or roll it until it is about 1\2 inch think. It should be big enough cover a plate.

Place it in a skillet with enough oil to cover half of it. What type of oil you use is not important. We used to use lard but now use olive oil. The oil will change the taste a little but not much. Some people like to use vegetable oil, which also works.

The temperature of the oil is important. The oil should be as hot as you can get it without the oil smoking. The hotter the oil the quicker it cooks and the less oil it absorbs. The less oil it absorbs the fewer calories it will have.

Cook the bread it until it is golden brown turning it at least once.

Place on a towel or paper towel to drain and cool

Serve it with your favorite topping.

We use any of the following

Honey

Powdered Sugar

Any pipe filling like apple, cherry or blueberry

Or anything else you can think of.

Now that you now how to make frybread you can work at making a taco on the frybread.

Enjoy">

The Easy Way

If you don't want to mix all the ingredients together then use this mix and just add water.

Frybread

It has been one of the staples for my family for several generations

Indian Corn

Indian Corn

Cheese and Corn Chowder

Cheddar and Corn Chowder

3 cups of fresh corn. You can use frozen or even canned corn if you do not have fresh

1 large onion cut up in small pieces

1 teaspoon jalapeno pepper cut in small pieces. You can use two cayenne peppers instead of a jalapeno.

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1 Large Anaheim pepper chopped up. You can use a small can of chopped green chilies.

2 tablespoons margarine. You can use butter or olive oil

8 cup chicken broth. Next time you boil a chicken save the broth and use it here. 1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese. Use your favorite cheese it does not have to be cheddar

1 cup of milk

1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

1/2 teaspoon of salt

In a large skillet, cook onion, celery and peppers in margarine or oil for 3 minutes.

Add the chicken broth, jalapeno pepper, bay leaf, and basil.

Bring it to a boil

Reduce the heat and simmer for 25 minutes

Stir in the cheese until it is smooth.

Add the milk, the salt and pepper.

Heat it but do not let it come to a boil.

It is ready to eat when hot.

You can do a lot with this recipe. Some people add 2 cups of potatoes to make it go further.

Others get fancy and add any of these, shrimp, bacon, ham, sausage whatever suits their fancy.

Cheese and Corn Chowder

More to come

Well there is the first recipe. I went ahead and put it up and over the next few days I will be adding more.

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ELAINE D SMITH on March 01, 2019:

I have been interested in native foods for awhile especially in seeds of them to combat heath issues. Having found and ordered the Choctaw Sweet Potato Squash, I am looking for seeds of the hi-protein lower starch red corn with 8 rows of kernels that the Choctaw people grew. I saw it on a you-tube video in the middle of the night and cannot find it again, nor can I remember its name. Living in SC and not knowing any Choctaw people, I hope you can help me find the right person to locate the corn seeds. Planning on using your recipes to see if it will help our health issues. Thanks so much for any help you might be able to provide, Elaine Smith

Linda Varella on May 11, 2018:

I enjoyed this post, having at one time lived in Oklahoma, I was introduced to a number of Native American, and enjoyed all of them. Thank you for the recipies.

Karen on January 28, 2017:

Your recipe has corn as an ingredient but, it does not tell when to add the corn in the instructions.

othellos on August 24, 2013:

Glad that I found these unique recipes from a Native American. So different than the ones we have in Europe. Thank you for publishing this lens.

bofirebear (author) on January 22, 2013:

@anonymous: You are going to have to try some with powdered sugar or honey on it.

anonymous on January 10, 2013:

Mmmmm! Looks good!:-)

bofirebear (author) on January 01, 2013:

@anonymous: Thank you for the comment and I know how much you like frybread. We may have to have a frybread contest some time.

anonymous on January 01, 2013:

I love good frybread. Thanks Bo for putting the recipe up

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